A basic dignity.
Having access to absorbent sanitary products for menstruation and incontinence, as well as diapers, should be considered a basic dignity.
Unfortunately, its not always the case.
Access to Period Products
The importance of combatting period poverty is ever growing with our population as cloths, rags, toilet paper and tissues are often used by those who don’t have access to or can’t afford sanitary products. This can have a direct negative impact on people’s health as well as their ability to live their lives normally, and with dignity.
Access to Incontinence Care
Incontinence affects around 5% of the world’s population, equating to approximately 300 million people worldwide. Although incontinence is more common as we age, it still affects many teenagers and young adults of all genders every day. Appropriate management and support are crucial to ensure comfort, cleanliness and dignity. The financial burden of incontinence can add up quickly. Unfortunately, absorbent products and medical treatment can be expensive to maintain and can often mean the difference between getting appropriate help and support, or not.
Access to Diapers
All babies deserve to be clean, dry and healthy. Unfortunately diapers can become a serious financial burden for many families. When a family cannot afford to purchase enough diapers without compromising on their basic needs (food, housing, medical, utilities etc), they experience “diaper need”. 1 in 3 U.S. families with young children experience diaper need, exposing these babies to potential health risks and making it less likely for them to be accepted to day cares, leaving their parents or caregivers unable to attend work, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
The Naturalena Foundation, a registered charity, donates much-needed essentials such as baby wipes or adult body wet wipes, hand sanitiser, period products, incontinence products and diapers to those in need either directly, or through other charities and foundations around the world.